LOWELL (CBS) – A Lowell man is free following his arrest on charges he threw hot French fries at his young stepdaughter.

As a condition of his release, 26-year-old James Hackett must stay away from the girl.

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Police say Hackett and his wife began arguing after leaving a McDonald’s. When his stepdaughter chimed in, Hackett allegedly threw the fries in her face.

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She was not seriously hurt.

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Hackett, who will be back in court in August, pleaded not guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon: French fries.